Intro To Contact Improvisation Series

“Contact Improvisation is an improvised dance form based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia.”

  – Steve Paxton, creator of Contact Improvisation

Mondays at 6PM
July 29, August 5, 12, & 19
Instructors Amelia Breed & Jeny Jones
$15 drop-in
$45 for the series

Click here for a sample video!

In this 4 week introductory workshop, we will explore the basic concepts of Contact Improvisation, including Weight Sharing and Counter-Balance, Rolling Point of Contact, Falling and Rolling, Body Organization and Alignment, Efficiency of Movement, Physical Listening and Following, Continuity of Motion and Momentum, and Mindfulness in Movement.

Students should have at least a beginner level experience with movement. Drop Ins are welcome, but to truly dive into this practice, it is recommended that you make the personal commitment to attend all 4 classes.

Amelia Breed has been teaching, performing, choreographing, and directing professionally for 10 years. In addition to the Knoxville dance scene, her work has been performed in Asheville, NC, Brooklyn, NY, Charleston, SC, Chattanooga,TN, and Lewisburg, WV. She founded the BreedArts School of Art and Dance in 2015 which offers programs to youth in downtown Knoxville, www.breedarts.com

Jeny Jones got her introduction to Contact Improvisation while studying Dance at Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Since then, she has taken numerous workshops at Bates Dance Festival, The Colorado Dance Festival, the Aerial Dance Festival, and in other private classes as well. She performed from 1998- 2007 in the Colorado based contemporary dance company Kim Olson/ Sweet Edge that often utilized Contact Improvisation to generate choreography. She is excited to continue her practice and exploration of Contact Improv here in Knoxville with Circle Modern Dance!

Modern Dance Primitive Light Auditions and Call for Choreographers

Sunday, August 18, 1PM – 3 PM
Open auditions for our annual winter show.. It will be structured like a modern class with choreographers stepping out to observe occasionally. Choreographers may approach dancers in person after auditions or by email. Rehearsals usually start in September, and the show is December 12, 13, and 14.

Keep an eye out for the event on our Facebook! Choreographers apply here.

Holidays and Special Events


  • Summer Open House, July 7
  • Weekly Classes Resume, July 8
  • Modern Dance Primitive Light OPEN AUDITIONS, August 18
  • Labor Day weekend, Sunday September 1 & Monday, September 2, no classes
  • Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27th, no classes
  • Modern Dance Primitive Light, December 12, 13, &14